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Charlotte is brimming with holiday celebrations for families and friends! Joyful and fun activities with the Queen City as your charming host will be sure to thrill the little ones and entertain all!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and certainly BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is truly THE most important way to begin your holiday!

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon road will have Santa as a breakfast guest on December 20th and December 22nd. Special events for the kids and a delicious chef attended buffet for all to enjoy!

Matthews Community Center is serving breakfast with Santa on December 20th. Take a photo with the big guy himself and enjoy creating holiday crafts.

For those late risers, BRUNCH with Santa might be more enjoyable. Tom Sykes Recreation Center will host a continental brunch with Santa and his sidekick elves 10:30-11:30am on December 22nd.

A more sophisticated young palate will enjoy a HOLIDAY TEA at the Ritz-Carlton on December 20th and 21st, 10:30am until 3:00pm. A special children’s tea menu will be offered.

Hanukkah will be celebrated with doughnut making and so much more at the Third Annual Chanukah Wonderland! Enjoy the fun at the Ballantyne Jewish Center on December 21st-23rd.


Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all those beautiful, twinkling lights!

Enjoy the bright lights of Christmas at a Speedway Christmas through December 30th! See more than 3 million Christmas lights while driving the track and then enjoy the infield Christmas Village.

McAdenville is a long-standing tradition amongst Charlotteans. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA with holiday displays of hundreds of thousands of lights to certify its status! The amazing displays will glow nightly through December 26th.

Billy Graham Library will offer a Christmas celebration at Christmas at the Library through December 23rd. Enjoy celebrating the birth of Jesus with a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas dinner and much more!

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the holidays with their choice of basketball, football, iceskating and hockey!

Holiday on Ice is open through January 4th and is great family fun! Located in beautiful Uptown Charlotte, the outdoor skating rink is a terrific way to enjoy the fantastic Carolina sunshine on the cool ice.

The Belk Bowl will be at Bank of America Stadium on December 30th. Charlotte will host the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville. This will be an exciting game as the Belk Bowl will, for the first time. feature a matchup between the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bulldog or Cardinal, this will be a great game!

December 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th will all be opportunities for Charlotte Hornets bball action! Gather the family and enjoy the games at Time Warner Cable Arena!

On December 21st enjoy the excitement of Hockey at Time Warner Cable Arena! The Charlotte Checkers will play the San Antonio Rampage.

We wish peace and happiness for all Charlotteans and their families this holiday season and in the New Year!




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Christmas in Charlotte is a wonderful time for celebration! The Queen City celebrates the holidays all through December with a constant variety of food, fun and entertainment.


Christmas Eve is a time of reflection and a time for festivities! Families can enjoy partaking a Christmas meal without the hassle of clean up and hours of cooking at several restaurants in the Charlotte area.

An Italian Feast is a tradition for many families on Christmas Eve and there is no better place than Villa Antonio to sit back and enjoy some Italian delicacies. A Little Italy will be sure to be included in your holiday traditions for years to come! Buon Natale! Villa Antonio will be open Christmas Eve, with live entertainment, at an early 4:00 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is a steak lover’s idea of a delicious Christmas  heaven! This upscale restaurant will be open Christmas Eve from 4-9p.m. and will offer a children’s menu for your chicken finger and French fry picky eaters on Christmas Eve.

McCormick and Schmick’s is open Christmas Eve for a sumptuous seafood supper in Charlotte! Offering a variety of fish entrees, steak and chicken, McCormick and Schmick’s  can be counted on as a go-to restaurant with great food and service.

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge offers a Winter Social Package that will include hors d’ oeuvres, three-course plated dinner and complimentary bartender service.  Gallery Restaurant will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve, 4pm – 9pm. The restaurant will feature its regular menu as well as offer a prime rib dinner special on Christmas.


Family activities and entertainment are easy in Charlotte through the holiday season. Bundle the family and guests into the car and find the many holiday cheer venues offered throughout the Charlotte area!

On December 19 Red Green & Bluegrass Holiday Benefit will be performing at Museum of the Waxhaws. Located at 8215 Waxhaw Hwy.,in the quaint town of  Waxhaw, North Carolina. Families will laughing and clapping to the beat of folk music and fiddlers! Charlotteans will be surprised to hear about the rich bluegrass musical history of their fine city!

Cheer on The Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte’s hockey team on December 21st at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade Street in Uptown. The Checkers will be playing against the Toronto Marlies. Tickets start at $15. The fun begins at 12:00 p.m.

Also on December 21st, sports enthusiasts can enjoy basketball at the Time Warner Cable Arena when the  Charlotte Bobcats take on the Utah Jazz. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and on December 23rd; the Bobcats will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Arena.

The Carolina Panthers will provide some holiday football entertainment on December 22, at 1:00 p.m. The Panthers will be playing the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint Street in Uptown. Go Cats!

 Theater enthusiasts can enjoy holiday stage productions over the holidays. The Children’s Theater of Charlotte through December 22 will perform Miracle on 34th Street. Performances will be at the McColl Family Theater in ImaginON, 300 E. 7th Street.

A Commedia Christmas Carol will be performed at the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn, through December 29th.  This traditional story starring Ebenezer Scrooge will be sure to keep you in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Town USA is the quiet little town of McAdenville. Every Christmas this sleepy town puts on a light display with more than 375 trees, with as many as 5,000 lights on just one tree! Homes and streets are all decorated with enthusiasm each year since 1956. Enjoy the Christmas light spectacle with more than 600,00 other people! Lights are on timers and automatically go off at 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursdays and at 11:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Arriving in town by 5:30 p.m. and finding a parking space to enjoy the town while walking is strongly recommended.

Also decked out for the holidays is the Charlotte Motor Speedway! Speedway Christmas returns for a spectacular holiday light show through December 30th. Three million lights in 800 displays will be shining the speedway along with  a Christmas village, Santa and movies played on the worlds largest HDTV! The light show is open daily from 6-10p.m.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will celebrate Christmas with a festive display of Christmas trees, Santa and nature-based crafts. Enjoy the display of 500,00 lights while strolling the beautiful gardens!

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will have a Santa Train with Santa riding the rails and passing out treats through December 22. Families can also take a 25-minute evening train ride to the Roadhouse where Santa and his elves will be waiting at Cookies With Santa, which runs through December 21st. The Billy Graham Library celebrates the Christmas season with horse-drawn carriage rides, live music from carolers, a beautiful display of lights and a live nativity scene. Christmas dinner will be served at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters. Christmas at the Billy Graham Library runs through December 23rd.

Christmas in the Carolinas is filled with fun, love and good cheer! Merry Christmas Charlotte!




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Santa has landed in the Queen City a tiny bit early as a special present to all grown-ups ready to capture their children’s Christmas memories forever on film!

Santa’s magic allows him to be in several places at the same time in South Charlotte, and each visit will provide just a little different atmosphere to please all hurried adults and eager children!

Carolina Place Mall offers photo opportunities for all your little ones, including your favorite 4-legged babies! Babies of the human kind can get their cuteness captured through December 24th at Babies First Christmas located at the lower level in Dillard’s. Beloved pets can visit Santa at a special reserved time, on Mondays, 6:00p.m. through December 16th at the Dillard’s Santa Photo Set. Pajamas are always a cute donning for Christmas pics! Wriggle into your favorite snuggly jammies; bring stuffed animals and books to capture a nighttime moment Tuesdays, 6:00 pm at Pajama Party with Santa at Dillard’s.

Southpark Mall, at 4400 Sharon rd., offers a beautiful holiday display with Santa as the guest of honor! Santa will be available daily in the Center Court through December 24th.

Concord Mills is holding a Caring Santa event Sunday, December 8th. This special event is an opportunity for families with special needs children to enjoy a quieter environment at the Simon Santa Photo experience. Contact the mall manger, Holly Roberson at for details.

Santa through December 21st will visit Blakeney Shopping Center located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte!  Free Photos with Santa at Old Navy will be available Sunday, December 15th 11am-7pm. December 20-21st, Santa and friends will be visiting and joining in carriage rides, kids crafts and hot cocoa with cookies!

The Stonecrest Shopping Center at Piper Glen will celebrate Santa’s visit with a brunch celebration! Join Santa and help the Second Harvest Food Bank on December 14th, 10am-1pm. Santa’s elves will be helping with crafts and enjoying the balloon artist entertainment! Don’t forget your camera!

At the Arboretum Shopping Center located at 8008 Providence rd., families can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides on Saturdays 5:30-8:30 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be roaming and greeting around the shopping center on December 22nd, 2-5pm.

Santa is always wonderfully excited to visit families in beautiful South Charlotte! Capturing those special moments of childhood excitement will be a cherished memory for many years to come.

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas South Charlotte!



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Christmas is here! The Southern Christmas show has been a Charlotte holiday jump-start for 46 years and the excitement continues on November 14th!

The 46th annual Southern Christmas Show is a holiday explosion of shopping and shows! Featuring over 500 merchants and hundreds of gift ideas, the Park Expo and Conference Center is the place to be for all your holiday décor needs and Christmas presents!

The shopping experience is divided into sections. Stroll through Olde Towne with over 50 shops to browse, the Enchanted Village with amazingly intricate dollhouses and miniature scenes, and marvel at the dozens of decorated firs from the North Carolina Mountains in Christmas Tree Lane!

You can embrace the true meaning of Christmas by giving your used cell phone and help support Cell Phones for Soldiers generate free talk time for soldiers to call home for the holidays.

Santa himself will be at the Southern Christmas Show, collecting lists and hearing the wishes of all good little boys and girls!

Food samples are abundant and, of course, gift seekers need to taste the hand-dipped chocolates, strudel and old-fashioned fruitcake just to make sure of the excellent quality before buying as a gift! Christmas shoppers seeking gifts for the wine connoisseur will find delicious wines from local wineries!

The Southern Christmas show is an exciting way to start the holiday season! You will be ready for the love and giving that only comes with the magic of Christmas!









Finding the perfect Christmas tree is a wonderful tradition for many families. Charlotte offers Christmas tree adventures for those who want to choose and cut their own tree and tree stands for those who prefer to choose a family tree without the lumberman experience.
At Little Switzerland Fraser Firs, you choose the tree that you want from an extensive selection, and they cut (or you cut with our hand saw) and prepare the tree (including baling) for travel to your home.
Little Switzerland Fraser Firs will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1:00-5:00 PM on Sundays for the 2012 Christmas Tree season:

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village Tree Farm Open DAILY 9am-5pm until Dec 23rd
Sundays 11am-5pm. The Elf Village is open Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 11am-5pm.
When you arrive at the Farm you first decide which Christmas tree to choose and cut or select a pre-cut tree. Then, on weekends, from Friday thru Monday, the elves and Santa return from the North Pole to roll out the fun. At the Elf Village kids listen to elf tales, create Christmas crafts, write then mail Christmas wish lists…or tell it to Santa in person.
There are several tree lots in the Charlotte area to take the family and choose the very best Christmas tree for 2012.
Simpson’s tree lot (Pineville-Matthews Road near Johnston Road)
• HillBilly Produce Market tree lot (Park Road at Quail Corners shopping strip
• Lowe’s (South Boulevard at Iverson Way)
• Simpson’s tree lot (South Kings Drive)
• Lil Grandfather Mountain tree farm (Highway 18, 120 miles from Ft. Mill)
• HillBilly Produce Market tree lot (Arboretum on Providence Road)

Maybe you would like to support a small business or charity and want to buy a tree from a church.It’ll cost you more to do that, but you’re supporting a church and maybe a charity as well.At the Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church lot, for example, all proceeds go to CSS Pregnancy and Adoption Support Programs. The lot at St. Ann’s Church in Dilworth proceeds benefit seven organizations, including Holy Angels, Friendship Trays and Rachel’s Vineyard. St. Gabriel Catholic Church (Providence Road) also has a tree lot.

The perfect Christmas tree quest is an important family adventure and easily accomplished with the many choice tree sites available in the Charlotte area!